ROMSEY Festival has been a huge success in its new format.

Many attendees have said how they have enjoyed the return to live music and were impressed with how safe they felt in the venues.

The Abbey Choir and Romsey Male Voice Choirs combined for a concert in support of Southampton Hospital Charities in a much enjoyed revival of many of their favourite songs.

A full house at the United Reformed Church enjoyed a concert of pieces for violin and piano by Ellabeth Little and Tom Jesty.

They were joined by Joseph Little on Cello for a stunning rendition of Schubert’s Trio Opus 100 Andante con moto. The closing applause very nearly lifted the roof of the church.

Sunday saw crowds enjoying the self directed tour of Romsey Gardens as part of the Romsey and District Society “La Ronde”. A plant sale at King John’s House raising much needed funds for that charity.

Romsey Signal Box opened their grounds for boys and girls of all ages, ensuring their timetable remained on time despite the distraction of the fabulous cake in the Refreshment Rooms.

Exhibitions in the Abbey by Hampshire Calligraphy and Viewfinders Camera Club, at the Methodist Church Jacqui Parkinson’s textile panels are generating much thought. The Romsey Art Group opened their Mountbatten Gallery at Lee showcasing their members fine work.

The Festival closes with a service in the Abbey on Sunday 18th July when we can all give thanks that the Festival Committee were persistence in their determination to provide an opportunity for local groups to showcase what they love to do, entertain you.

Liz Wagner, Chair of The Festival expressed her delight at the many performances and activities that participants have worked so hard to deliver.

Mark Edgerley, Vice Chair of the Festival, said how proud he was of all the organisers of events big and small, so many local residents and visitors are enjoying events and really making the Town “buzz with positive activity.”